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Pop superstar Prince, who was widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive musicians of his era with hits including "Little Red Corvette," ''Let's Go Crazy" and "When Doves Cry," was found dead at his home on Thursday in suburban Minneapolis, according to his publicist.

Sheriff's officials in Minnesota say deputies found Prince unresponsive in an elevator after they were summoned to his suburban Minneapolis compound.

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This story is part of WABE, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and ArtsATL’s The Shaw 100th series. For more stories, click here.

"There's a terrible job available at the Symphony. Come take it and don't ask any questions."

The terrible job was receptionist for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and Nola Frink took it without question. A few short weeks later, Frink became Robert Shaw's personal assistant, a position she held for 26 years.

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This story is part of WABE, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and ArtsATL’s The Shaw 100th series. For more stories, click here.

The late Atlanta Symphony Orchestra conductor Robert Shaw had the ability to spot talent, even if that talent was fresh out of school.

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This weekend, Atlanta is playing host to Duran Duran, Bryan Adams and rapper Rakim. No, we haven't been transported back to the 1980s; it's just "Mara's Music Mix"!

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look at acts both old and new making their way through Atlanta.

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This story is part of WABE, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and ArtsATL’s The Shaw 100th series. For more stories, click here.

More than any other musician, Maestro Norman Mackenzie is the most direct connection to Robert Shaw.

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This story is part of WABE, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and ArtsATL’s The Shaw 100th series. For more stories, click here.

Robert Shaw was a natural, if unlikely musician who stumbled into an art form and revolutionized it. He was a self-proclaimed zealot who could never settle for less than perfection and, once he arrived in Atlanta in 1967, he molded the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus into world-class ensembles.

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This weekend, Atlanta is playing host to folk rock giants, indie rock darlings and the Particle Men themselves on what might be their final tour.

Contributor Mara Davis joined host emeritus Steve Goss for a look at upcoming concerts.

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This story is part of WABE, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and ArtsATL’s The Shaw 100th series. For more stories, click here.

Job interviews are often awkward at their best, and disastrous at their worst. For Georgia State professor John Haberlen, one particular interview profoundly influenced his own life and career.

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Musician Prince has canceled two performances at the Fox Theatre on Thursday due to illness.

According to a statement by the theater, the artist is currently battling the flu.

The performances, scheduled for 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., will both be postponed until a later date, with refunds available. His concerts were set to include both his classic hits and tracks from his latest album "HITnRun Phase II."

The rescheduled dates have not yet been announced.

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Country giant Merle Haggard, who rose from poverty and prison to international fame though his songs about outlaws, underdogs and an abiding sense of national pride in such hits as "Okie From Muskogee" and "Sing Me Back Home," died Wednesday at 79, on his birthday.

Haggard's manager, Frank Mull, said the country icon died in Palo Cedro, California, 8 miles east of Redding, of pneumonia that he had been battling for months. He had kept up an ambitious touring schedule, but the pneumonia in both lungs had forced him to cancel several shows this year.

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Janet Jackson is delaying her "Unbreakable" tour, saying Wednesday that she and her husband are planning their family and that she is under doctor's orders to rest.

The 49-year-old singer announced in a clip on her Twitter account Wednesday morning that there has been a "sudden change" to the second leg of her tour, which started in August.

She didn't say she was pregnant with her first child, only that she needed to rest up. The youngest child of the Jackson family, she turns 50 in May.

Jason Aldean beat Luke Bryan and Miranda Lambert for entertainer of the year at the Academy of Country Music Awards — a first for the singer after earning nominations for the top prize over the years, while Chris Stapleton cleaned house in other categories.

Aldean also won over Garth Brooks and Eric Church on Sunday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

"I was just starting to think this one wasn't in the cards for me," Aldean said onstage near the end of the three-hour show, which aired on CBS. "This is one of the best nights of my professional career."

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With April Fool's Day out of the way and spring settling over Atlanta, producer Myke Johns sits down with Guillermo Castro, editor of Immersive Atlanta, for a look ahead at some of the new music coming out of the city's musicians:

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Atlanta is playing host to Dr. Dog, G. Love and a former Go-Go this coming weekend. Contributor Mara Davis joined host emeritus Steve Goss to preview some of metro Atlanta's upcoming concerts with Mara's Music Mix.

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How do you turn a dream into a song? You can ask local Atlanta band Book of Colors.

For WABE and Immersive Atlanta's series Liner Notes, songwriter Andre Paraguassu assembled his string section for a performance and sat down to talk about their song "Lucid Dream."

In the dream, Paraguassu described being in field full of everyone he knows. "I just felt so much love and was so happy," he said, "I breathed in and the moment I did, I lifted off the ground."

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This story is part of WABE, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and ArtsATL’s The Shaw 100th series. For more stories, click here.

One need not look far in Atlanta's choral music scene to find the influence of conductor Robert Shaw. He was the Atlanta Symphony's music director from the late 1960s to the late 80s and is credited with putting the city's classical scene on the map.

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One man, perhaps more than any other, is credited with putting Atlanta classical music on the map, and that is Robert Shaw. He directed the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for over two decades.

In the month leading up to what would have been his 100th birthday, we're going to be celebrating Shaw and his contributions to Atlanta, to classical music and to the lives of those he worked with over the years.

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This weekend in Atlanta concerts features a slew of throwbacks to the 90s, the Grand Ole Opry and the British Invasion.

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead at Mara's Music Mix.

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Two Atlanta singing groups are joining forces for the first time with a concert this weekend: the 35-year-old Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus (AGMC) and the relatively new Atlanta Women’s Chorus.

They’ll be performing a program of music titled “And Justice For All” on Friday and Saturday. Lois Reitzes sat down with the artistic directors of each choir, Melissa Arasi and Kevin Robison, to talk about the significance of the collaboration and about performing one of Robison's own compositions in the show.

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Looking ahead at some of the weekend's concerts, we have an Australian pop sensation, a pair of soul singers with plenty of history in their voices and much more.

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for this week's "Mara's Music Mix."

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Frank Sinatra Jr., who carried on his famous father's legacy with his own music career and whose kidnapping as a young man added a bizarre chapter to his father's legendary life, died Wednesday. He was 72.

The younger Sinatra died unexpectedly of cardiac arrest while on tour in Daytona Beach, Florida, the Sinatra family said in a statement to The Associated Press.

The statement said the family mourns the untimely passing of their son, brother, father and uncle. No other details were provided.

Hank Williams Jr., in a song he recorded in Muscle Shoals that launched him into outlaw country stardom in the 1970s, used the phrase "gettin' it together between Macon and Muscle Shoals" to describe his new approach to making music.

His Macon, Georgia, reference was for Capricorn Recording Studios, which became home to the Allman Brothers Band and many other Southern rockers during the 1970s.

But like many famous studios, Capricorn fell on hard times as the recording industry changed. It continued to operate under other owners until it finally closed and was left vacant.

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Dr. Herbert Karp passed away on Friday, March 11. His achievements as a neurologist, scholar and pioneer in Alzheimer’s research were far-reaching. Karp was the inaugural medical director of Wesley Woods Center, the nation’s first geriatric hospital, and served as chairman of the neurology department at Emory University’s School of Medicine.

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Mumford & Sons and Kanye West will participate in a collaborative album inspired by fans and activists from the advocacy organization, Global Citizen.

Global Citizen and Communion Music announced Tuesday that the album "Metamorphoses" will include 12 original songs made from fans and activists who submit words and stories to GlobalCitizen.org/Metamorphoses. Musicians will create new songs from the submissions.

"Metamorphoses" will also include alternative rock band The National and pop singer Ellie Goulding. Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons will curate the project.

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This week, Atlanta plays host to the gathering gloom of a Moody Blues show at the Fox, the kick off to the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival and a pop songwriter finally breaking out on his own.

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look at upcoming concerts.

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The game of baseball is full of stories which can be just as inspirational as any novel or classic film. Gus Fernandez, songwriter for the Atlanta band Pony League, can attest to that.

The band has a new single titled "Harder Than A Rick Ankiel," about the titular Atlanta Braves outfielder. Ankiel hit an 11th-inning home run during Game 2 of the 2010 Major League Baseball playoffs, securing the Braves a win against the San Francisco Giants.

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Each year, the 120 dynamic and talented young artists of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra energetically tackle masterworks of classical and modern music, all under the baton of director Joseph Young.

The ASYO is preparing to give its Crescendo Concert, which features some ambitious programming rooted in opera.

"City Lights" host Lois Reitzes sat down with Young to talk about the thinking behind programming works by John Adams and Puccini for the youth.

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The English rock band the Moody Blues' songs are known for their ethereal lyrics and innovative use of the mellotron – a keyboard that synthesized orchestral sounds. 

In the 1960s and early 70s fans around the world filled arenas to hear that music.  Now nearly 50 years later, three members of the band are still touring:  Justin Hayward, John Lodge and Graeme Edge.  But Edge is the only member who remains from the original Moody Blues – an R&B group formed in 1964. 

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No one could have predicted that a strange and primitive form of gospel music would become one of the South’s most potent cultural exports.

Sacred Harp singing emerged from deep in the annals of Southern history. It was designed so untrained church-goers could sing by sight from hymnals, and it produced an otherworldly, earth-shakingly loud brand of music.

To folks who grew up in the tradition, Sacred Harp means religion. There are others who view it as “acapella heavy metal.” Both groups hear something divine in the music.

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The Atlanta and Athens music scenes are incredibly active and fruitful pools of talent. Just last week, local band Mothers earned a review of their debut album from no less a publication than the New York Times.

Here at home, the website Immersive Atlanta works to chronicle the scene. Their editor joined producer Myke Johns for a look at some of the local bands releasing records in the month of March:

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